Whiteboard Plotter: Combining Art and EngineeringFrom Concept to Creation: At Lavigne Labs, our passion for innovative projects led us to create a Whiteboard Plotter, inspired by draw bots and a class by Mark Rober. This project was initially conceptualized as an artistic endeavor but quickly evolved into a sophisticated office feature. Building the Prototype:
- Early Design: The initial proof of concept was built on plywood with round bar rails, laying the groundwork for a more refined version.
- Desire for Perfection: Unsettled with the initial model's limitations, we were driven to develop a robust and efficient plotter for our office.
- Sturdy Mounting: We mounted the plywood base to a concrete wall, ensuring stability and precision in the plotter's movements.
- Linear Rail Integration: Custom machined aluminum bars were used to mount linear rails on the wood, providing a reliable foundation for the plotting mechanism.
- Software and Control: Utilizing a 3D printer control board and open-source software, we enhanced the plotter's capabilities, including a text-to-G-code feature for converting basic HTML to whiteboard-friendly formats.
- Leveling and Accuracy: Custom spacers and concrete anchors were employed to perfectly level the linear rails, ensuring smooth and precise plotting.